But if it goes in the direction of the bug-eyed panic among McCain flacks, Barack Obama could approach 400 electoral votes.
Regardless, the flacks aren't shocked that Facebook would try to run a negative campaign against Google.
At worst, its flacks engaging in a back and forth which absolutely no one else cares about, reporters and DC insiders included.
"publicity or press agent," 1945, also as a verb by that year, said to have been coined in show biz magazine "Variety" (but this is not the first attested use), supposedly from name of Gene Flack, a movie agent, but influenced by flak. There was a Gene Flack who was an advertising executive in the U.S. during the 1940s, but he seems to have sold principally biscuits, not movies.
1938, from German Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally "pilot warding-off cannon." Sense of "anti-aircraft fire" is 1940; metaphoric sense of "criticism" is c.1963 in American English.
: The flack description is also worth quotingnoun
: his publishers, who flack it into a best seller/ He's not flakking for ulterior motives
[origin unknown; said to be fr the name of Gene Flack, a moving-picture publicity agent, and first used in the show-business paper Variety; probably influenced by flak]
[fr German Fliegerabwehrkanonen, ''antiaircraft gun'']